Thursday, August 1, 2013

Never Deal With Dragons by Lorenda Christensen

Consoling a sobbing dragon and serving pig buffets are just part of the job for Myrna Banks. Working for a mediation firm, it's her job to get humans compensated for damages caused by the dragons who now rule. But her "typical" day is interrupted by Trian Chobardan, an old flame who sneaked out of her bed two years ago, taking her heart and a handful of classified documents with him.

Myrna would love to show Trian the door, but he's been sent by North America's reigning dragon lord for help negotiating a truce with a powerful rival to avert war. Myrna agrees to help, even though she'll be stuck with Trian as a partner.

As the two work together, Myrna finds Trian to be surprisingly supportive—and still irresistibly attractive. Though her brain tells her not to forget his betrayal, her body feels differently. When they learn the enemy dragon lord is planning something no one could have imagined, Myrna has to learn who she can trust before she loses not only her heart, but her life.
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I have to admit to being torn about this one. I'm not going to argue the semantics of whether I'd actually call this a romance or not, the world building and origin story Christensen created for the dragons is cool enough to stand on its own, but I think this book does make a good case for why endings are so damn important. I like Trian and Myrna - each of them have ambitions and loyalties and when those drive them apart it takes some honesty from them both to move forward. Spicy dialogue, a bit of bitterness, the dance the two of them play balances well with the dragon politics and terrorist plot. 

But.

I can't stand it when good heroines go stupid. I don't want to delve too deep and risk spoilers, but when a heroine ignores obvious signs of deception and suspicious behavior in favor of the status quo it drives me crazy. Especially when, like here, there's been so much time spent showing how the heroine is strong and more competent than most of the people she works with. What purpose does this serve? I could tell immediately when things started going wrong and I expected Myrna to do the same - yeah we could say as the reader I have more knowledge with devious plots than she does but it still just felt like needless misdirection. 

Ultimately I felt like this was a good story that could have been better if the ending had gone down a different way.

Overall Feeling - C+

Series - None (at this time)

*Title requested from NetGalley*

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